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Malaria, murder and occupational hazards of indigenous activists in the Philippines


by Alisa Tang | @alisatang | Thomson Reuters Foundation CHIANG MAI, Thailand, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A little over a decade ago, indigenous activist Joan Carling from the Philippines Cordillera region lost three colleagues in the space of a few years – all murdered in one of the world’s deadliest countries for land rights defenders. Then came her turn: a relative in the military told Carling’s father his daughter’s name was on the “order of battle”, the Philippines military’s list of people, including activists, who are deemed enemies of the state. “When you are on the order of ...

A building made from mud and straw is cool


BY LOH FOON FONG The heat from the afternoon sun disappeared quickly as I stepped into an unusual mud building. Inside, it felt cooler by several degrees, even without air-conditioning. I had just entered an office built with bricks made of rice husk and straw combined with fine mud. This was the new secretariat for the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) near Chiangmai, Thailand. AIPP secretary-general Joan Carling said, “It’s good to demonstrate that we live up to our commitment to promote the environment,” she said during the office inauguration recently. AIPP is a regional organisation of indigenous peoples’ movements to promote ...

Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the United Nations


The Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the United Nations is initiated and co-hosted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Sami Parliament of Norway and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA). This is an open-ended dialogue meeting, open to all interested indigenous peoples’ representatives. The purpose of the Dialogue Meeting, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 – 12 November 2016, is to provide Indigenous representatives the opportunity to consider and consolidate their positions and strategies with respect to the specific issues raised in the PGA’s compilation of views and elements for discussion. The Dialogue Meeting is ...

Int’l Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples celebration across Asia

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August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and it is being celebrated across Asia. This year, the regional theme is “Protect our rights, our lands. Checkout the different activities per country! August 9 is observed as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples based on the United Nations General Assembly resolution 49/214.  

AIPP Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016


Statement of AIPP on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016: “Protect our rights, our lands!” Salute from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact! Indigenous brothers and sisters, We proudly celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples under this year’s Asia regional theme and call to “Protect our rights, our lands!” We urgently need to address the continuing violations of our collective rights as indigenous peoples, particularly our rights to our lands, territories and resources which are the bases of our identity, wellbeing, dignity and collective survival and development. More than 200 million of the estimated 370 ...

AIPP Annual Report 2015: Strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ Movements

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For 2015, AIPP achieved significant achievements in the expanded implementation of its programmes at all levels—local, national, regional and global. These achievements include the widening reach of AIPP’s information dissemination, increased skills and capacities of individuals including women and IP organizations, and significant contribution to positive policies and guidelines relating to indigenous peoples. It has further strengthened the solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples at the regional level, while increasing the support at the local level. AIPP has expanded its regional staff and strengthened its management and staff capacities. Likewise, the Executive Council continued to provide guidance through its regular meetings and as convenors of the programmed committees; ...

Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights


WE DEMAND LAND RIGHTS NOW! On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign. “This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the ...

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

This week has been both a time for celebration and reflection, as Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) commemorated International Women’s Day in solidarity with women, men and children across the globe. Every year, AIPP, along with several other local civil society organisations who are working on the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, organizes the annual march and rally in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On March 8th, the AIPP Secretariat members gathered at 3 Kings Monument in Chiang Mai and along with 300 other members of civil society and the wider community, including women with HIV, sex workers, members of ...

Escalating Indigenous Voices, Together: Indigenous Voices in Asia Network


Indigenous Voices in Asia Network (IVAN)[1] organized its 3rd gathering in Chiang Mai from 4 – 7 November, 2015. This year, representatives from various fields converged at the Indigenous Voices in Asia Media Showcasing Fair 2015 to discuss emerging issues in relation to media, human rights, gender and development with the purpose of moving forward the rights of indigenous peoples in solidarity with media professionals, rights activists and academics. The fair, organized by IVAN, a program under the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (APP), gathered over 60 participants from across Asia. While many we are dedicated indigenous positivists, particularly those who are working ...

Indigenous Women of the Mekong: Strengthening the Platform for a Regional Network in 2018


On October 30th, more than 30 women from the countries of the Mekong Region gathered in Mae Sa Mai Village, Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The indigenous women were activists, leaders, and human rights defenders, who had come together in Chiang Mai for the 2nd Regional Exchange Programme titled ‘Building and Strengthening Indigenous Women’s Network in the Mekong Region’ which was supported by Oxfam Novib. The field visit to Mae Sa Mai Village marked the first day of the 4-day event, which brought together delegations from Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos to strengthen existing partnerships, nurture ...